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July 28, 1995 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It seemed almost too good to be true. And now, perhaps it is. When Superintendent Mark Garis announced last week at a school board committee meeting that the district was starting a special school for troubled youths, the audience responded favorably with warm smiles and congratulatory pats on the back. The Vantage program, slated to begin in the fall, would serve about 35 at- risk youths in grades nine to 12, providing them with curricula and counseling designed to meet their specific needs.
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Network of Victim Assistance will try to focus attention on the problem of dating violence by bringing a powerful one-woman play to two Bucks County high schools this week. Teenagers at Quakertown High School and at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne will see performances of The Yellow Dress on Thursday. "The way it is handled is very dramatic and moving and really brings home the trauma and pain of datingviolence," said Barbara Clark, the network's executive director. The play, which will be followed by a panel discussion, is produced by Deana's Fund, established in Massachusetts in 1994 after the death of Deana Brisbois, a victim of dating violence.
NEWS
October 25, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Thomas L. McArdle, 69, of Souderton, a widely known community soccer supporter, died Sunday at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville. Mr. McArdle was born in Liverpool, England, and was educated in English schools. During World War II, he served in the Royal Navy and then in the British Merchant Marine, which allowed him to travel extensively around the world. In 1954, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served for several years. In the late 1950s, Mr. McArdle moved to Souderton.
NEWS
September 18, 1998 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Souderton Area Education Foundation has awarded $17,156 in mini-grants to 18 projects designed to enhance the educational program in the Souderton Area School District. The foundation is a nonprofit community organization established to raise money for projects to benefit students. The mini-grants were awarded to such projects as an art mural at Indian Valley Middle School in Harleysville, the building of solar-powered vehicles at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Harleysville, and the construction of birdhouses and signs along a nature trail at Salford Hills Elementary School in Harleysville.
NEWS
December 22, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mark G. Garis, 72, of Souderton, an educator in the Souderton Area School District for more than 30 years, died of a brain tumor Friday at his home. Dr. Garis became principal of Franconia Elementary School in 1967 and later was principal of Lower Salford Elementary School. From 1994 until 1998 he was the district's superintendent. "He was a tremendous educational leader. He was someone who was a mentor to me and someone that I could ask for advice," said Lowell A. Tinner, who succeeded Dr. Garis as superintendent.
NEWS
January 8, 2001 | By Michelle Jeffery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Going beyond identification cards, clear bookbags and security systems to keep crime out of classrooms, the Souderton Area School District has put a hotline into place that students and residents can use to report trouble anonymously. "You never know when your information will save a life," WPVI-TV (Channel 6) news anchor Rick Williams told Souderton High School students at an assembly introducing them to the Crime Busters Hotline. Posters, magnets and other promotional materials have been put up in classrooms and sent home to families advertising the number, 215-546-8477, said Nicholas Chubb, assistant to the superintendent.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
As they walked through M&S Centerless Grinding in Hatboro on Monday, its president, John Shegda, told Gov. Wolf that his company - and its workforce - have expanded dramatically in recent years. The company, founded by Shegda's father in the 1950s, makes precision rods and tubes for products ranging from pacemakers to guided missiles. One of his machines uses a computer-guided laser to cut rods "within 20 millionths of an inch," Shegda said. Wolf used a tour of the Montgomery County plant to emphasize the need to match career training with local employers' needs.
NEWS
February 18, 1997 | By John Murawski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two groups of parents who represent 134 children have formed to oppose the Souderton Area School District's plan to bus their children to other schools. The district is proposing to shuffle 334 children - about 11 percent of its current elementary-school enrollment - this fall. The plan was devised in part to offset crowding that is anticipated from six housing developments that will bring 597 new homes to the area in the coming years. The school board's operations committee will take up the proposal next, at its meeting March 3. A vote by the full board has not been scheduled but may come next month, officials said.
NEWS
March 26, 1995 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Snow days? What snow days? Last year, school districts were scrambling to make up as many as 11 days of forced inactivity because of snow and ice. In many places, spring breaks were all but wiped out. This year, not only are spring breaks intact, students will spend more days in school - thanks to the winter that wasn't. Yes, like unused piles of road salt in storage sheds, unused snow days have piled up on school calendars. And, thus far, most districts have not felt the need to schedule impromptu time off. One district, Upper Moreland, is considering using the days for teacher in- service, according to Kenton W. Keiser, school board president.
NEWS
September 15, 1996 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Little red schoolhouses they're not. As local school administrators with limited capital budgets and soaring enrollments scramble for space, cheap and utilitarian modular classrooms are becoming as ubiquitous as the little red schoolhouse once was. Outfitted with gray aluminum siding and air conditioners, fastened in place with hurricane straps, modulars, say some students and teachers, are as comfortable and convenient as regular classrooms....
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May 18, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   For J. Barrett and Janet VanDame, Franconia Township had the perfect house, just what they needed five years ago for taking care of his parents, both 95 years old. "We had been looking for something with single-floor living that could accommodate them, and this was it," Barrett VanDame says of the house they moved to from Souderton Borough. Halver and Mary VanDame have died since their son and daughter-in-law moved to this Montgomery County community, but Barrett and Janet have no intention of leaving Franconia.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
As they walked through M&S Centerless Grinding in Hatboro on Monday, its president, John Shegda, told Gov. Wolf that his company - and its workforce - have expanded dramatically in recent years. The company, founded by Shegda's father in the 1950s, makes precision rods and tubes for products ranging from pacemakers to guided missiles. One of his machines uses a computer-guided laser to cut rods "within 20 millionths of an inch," Shegda said. Wolf used a tour of the Montgomery County plant to emphasize the need to match career training with local employers' needs.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chas Tranausky is spending the early summer days busing tables at a restaurant and deciding what to do next in his life. It's a common tale for a new high school graduate. The less ordinary part is this: The Bensalem 18-year-old never thought he would earn a diploma. Most of the 30 seniors in the Class of 2013 probably didn't think they would either, since they all ended up at Lakeside School in Horsham Township because of difficulties at their previous schools. "I know we all have walked down a pretty rough life," Tranausky said in his graduation speech.
NEWS
December 22, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mark G. Garis, 72, of Souderton, an educator in the Souderton Area School District for more than 30 years, died of a brain tumor Friday at his home. Dr. Garis became principal of Franconia Elementary School in 1967 and later was principal of Lower Salford Elementary School. From 1994 until 1998 he was the district's superintendent. "He was a tremendous educational leader. He was someone who was a mentor to me and someone that I could ask for advice," said Lowell A. Tinner, who succeeded Dr. Garis as superintendent.
NEWS
December 19, 2004 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The sloping lane that led from his rural home to the road was a quarter-mile long, so Harold Zook would start out early to get to the school bus on time. When he fell along the way, as he always did, his brothers and sisters would help him to his feet. Zook had a neuromuscular disorder, a mysterious condition that baffled his doctors. As his body grew, his ligaments and tendons did not keep pace. His arms refused to straighten, and his gait became labored and short. If he faltered, he usually got up on his own. On the long, exhausting walks to the school bus, however, he allowed himself to be rescued.
NEWS
May 12, 2004 | By Connie Langland INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To ease overcrowding, the Souderton Area School District wants to buy 158 acres of farmland for a new high school. The ensuing debate represents the battle of wills between high-growth suburban districts in need of new schools and "smart growth" advocates seeking to curb sprawl. Similar arguments have erupted in the West Chester Area, Perkiomen Valley and Central Bucks Districts. The site the district wants is in Upper Salford Township in north-central Montgomery County - countryside best known for the Old Pool Farm, host each August to the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
NEWS
January 18, 2001 | By Michelle Jeffery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The last time enrollment at Souderton High School crept toward the building's 1,600-student capacity, the ninth grade packed up and moved to Indian Crest Junior High School. Now, projections show the high school will have 1,550 students by 2003, and the Souderton Area School District may need to take more drastic measures. "I don't think we can move the sophomores out, too," principal Susan Beerman said. A new high school will be one remedy considered by a district-wide demographics committee that will begin meeting next month to develop a plan to accommodate the growing population across the district's nine schools.
NEWS
January 8, 2001 | By Michelle Jeffery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Going beyond identification cards, clear bookbags and security systems to keep crime out of classrooms, the Souderton Area School District has put a hotline into place that students and residents can use to report trouble anonymously. "You never know when your information will save a life," WPVI-TV (Channel 6) news anchor Rick Williams told Souderton High School students at an assembly introducing them to the Crime Busters Hotline. Posters, magnets and other promotional materials have been put up in classrooms and sent home to families advertising the number, 215-546-8477, said Nicholas Chubb, assistant to the superintendent.
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Network of Victim Assistance will try to focus attention on the problem of dating violence by bringing a powerful one-woman play to two Bucks County high schools this week. Teenagers at Quakertown High School and at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne will see performances of The Yellow Dress on Thursday. "The way it is handled is very dramatic and moving and really brings home the trauma and pain of datingviolence," said Barbara Clark, the network's executive director. The play, which will be followed by a panel discussion, is produced by Deana's Fund, established in Massachusetts in 1994 after the death of Deana Brisbois, a victim of dating violence.
NEWS
August 3, 1999 | By Matt Archbold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Montgomery County Court Judge Calvin Drayer Jr. yesterday dismissed a lawsuit that contended the Souderton Area School District had not awarded a roughly $500,000 contract for electrical work at Salford Hills Elementary School to the lowest responsible bidder. The lowest, yes, but not the most responsible, argued the plaintiffs' attorney, Steven Marino. Salvatore Scardino, one of two plaintiffs, testified that he became involved in the case only after Marino, a lawyer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, approached him about filing the suit.
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